The Imo State Police Command had arrested a five-man armed robbery gang, Chinedu Peter, Igbokwe Chinedu, Okechukwu Mba, others are, Tochukwu Igweagua and Ikechukwu Awaji at the Lodan Hotel located at MCC road Owerri.
According to the state commissioner of police, Cp Isaac Akinmoyede, on the 25th of June 2020, at Lodan Hotel by MCC road Owerri at 18:50hrs, SARS operatives arrested three suspects, upon credible information that they wanted to buy firearms and ammunition. Chinedu Peter ‘m’ 33 years old from Anakwe in Anambra State, Igbogwe Chinedu ‘m’ 36 years old from Mgbidi in Oru East LGA of Imo State; and Okechukwu Mba ‘aka’ Adamu ‘m’ 45 years old from Mbaise in Imo State.
He further revealed that, upon arrest, the suspects confessed that they actually needed the AK 47 rifle for a communal fight over lands. Consequent upon the confession, the SARS operatives on 26th of June 2020 moved to Ogidi in Anambra State, at about 0038hrs, and arrested additional two suspects, Tochukwu Igweagua ‘m’ 28 years old from Umuoji Idemili North LGA, (who sent the above-named suspects to Imo State to purchase the rifles) and Ikechukwu Awaji ‘m’ 39 years old from the same Community.
The Imo Police boss made it clear that the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation is completed, he, therefore, advised that criminals should turn new leaves or leave the state because the command is taking the war to criminals den.